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In Brief

John Yates Receives Ralph N. Adams Biochemistry Award

John Yates, Ernest W. Hahn Professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has received the 2015 Ralph N. Adams Award, recognizing significant contributions to the field of bioanalytical chemistry.

Established by the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) in 2005, the Adams award specifically honors a scientist who has introduced a significant technique, theory, instrument or application important to the life sciences and has provided an exceptional environment to educate bioanalytical chemists. The award’s namesake, University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Ralph N. Adams was a renowned expert in electrochemistry and neurochemistry.

Yates was presented the award at the recent Pittcon conference in New Orleans. The conference and exposition annually attracts more than 16,000 attendees from more than 90 countries representing industry, academia and government. 

The Yates lab focuses on the development of integrated methods for tandem mass spectrometry analysis of protein mixtures, bioinformatics using mass spectrometry data and biological studies involving proteomics. For additional information, see Yates’s faculty webpage or lab website

Pasteur Institute Delegation Visits Scripps California

A delegation from the Pasteur Institute, a nonprofit biomedical research organization in Paris, France, recently met with TSRI faculty for a three-day exchange of introductions and scientific presentations.

Among the attendees were (left to right) TSRI Professor Luc Teyton; Jim Di Santo, Pasteur Institute scientific advisor; Jim Paulson, TSRI acting president and CEO; Christian Bréchot, Pasteur Institute president and CEO; Jaime Williamson, TSRI’s dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies; and Paul Lazarow, dean of Pasteur Institute’s PhD program. (Click for a large group photo of event participants.)

TSRI Campuses Host Prospective Students

They came from all corners of the United States and several foreign countries, from large highly regarded universities and small prestigious colleges. Nearly 200 undergraduate students attended this year’s recent student recruitment programs on the California and Florida campuses to meet TRSI faculty and explore the institution’s graduate program and facilities. 

Scripps California (top) hosted more than 120 graduate student candidates in two weekend sessions, while the Florida campus (bottom) welcomed a record number—63—prospective students. Activities included laboratory tours, faculty interviews, program presentations and informal networking opportunities.

Library Tip: New Journal Access 2015

TSRI’s Kresge Library provides access to several new journal titles in 2015 as well as new open access options for two highly requested titles.

The new journal titles are:

New open access options are available for Nature Communications and the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Chemical Science:

  • Nature Communications is transitioning to open access in 2015 with many, but not all, articles available for free this year. By 2016, all new articles in this journal will be open access and freely available to everyone.
  • RSC Chemical Science is now open access and freely accessible to everyone from 2015 going forwards. RSC also waives the open access article processing charge for the years 2015 and 2016.

For further information, contact the Kresge Library at (858) 784-8705 or

Career Workshop: Introduction to Networking

Introduction to Networking, a career development workshop for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, will be held Wednesday, March 25, from 2 to 3:30 PM, in the graduate office seminar room on the Hazen campus.

Presented by TSRI’s Career and Postdoctoral Services, this interactive workshop will cover the basics of business networking skills, developing an “elevator pitch” and turning “small talk” into meaningful conversations. Conducted by Jean Branan, Career and Postdoctoral Services program coordinator, the session will include a speed-networking activity for attendees to practice their skills in a small group environment.

Reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served. For information on additional resources offered by Career and Postdoctoral Services, visit the department’s website

CA NWiS to Screen ‘The PhD Movie’

The Scripps California Network for Women in Science (NWiS) will screen Jorge Cham’s “The PhD Movie” at the next NWiS Movie Night on Thursday, March 26, 6:30 PM, in the Beckman building’s Keck Amphitheater. 

A live-action adaption of Cham’s popular online comic strip, Piled Higher and Deeper, the film chronicles four graduate students as they struggle with love, research and teaching. Cham holds a PhD in robotics from Stanford University and was a full-time instructor and researcher at the California Institute of Technology. 

For more information about the movie night and other NWiS activities, visit the group’s Facebook page.

CA Biosafety Committee Meeting Materials Due March 25

The TSRI Institutional Biosafety Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 9, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, in Building 3301, P2 conference room. To receive committee consideration, registration documents must be submitted to Environmental Health & Safety via email to by Wednesday, March 25.

Scripps California Toastmasters Group to Hold Open House

The Scripps California community is invited to meet members of the campus SOS Toastmasters group and learn about the international speaking and leadership development organization at an open house on Wednesday, March 18, from 12:15 to 1:30 PM, in the Immunology building east conference room. Refreshments will be served.

According to SOS Toastmasters organizers, the group’s mission is to help members improve their speaking and leadership skills in front of large and small audiences, including job interviews, industry presentations and impromptu public speaking.

For more information, visit the group’s website or Facebook page.

Onsite Clinic Scheduled March 18 on CA Campus

The next onsite immunization clinic on the California campus will be held Wednesday, March 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, in the Hazen Theory building, rooms 203/205. Appointments are not needed.

Conducted by Sharp Rees-Stealy staff, the clinic will provide hepatitis B vaccination free of charge to all TSRI employees. Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine must pre-authorize all other procedures based on the employee's working conditions. These procedures include tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines and other titers, immunizations and procedures.

At the Auditorium: Piano Classics, Jazz, Chamber Music

The La Jolla Music Society’s Discovery Series presents pianist Charley Albright, the Gilmore Young Artist Award winner, on Sunday, March 22, at 3 PM, performing works by Chopin, Mussorgsky and Beethoven. Young artists from the San Diego Youth Symphony will perform a musical prelude at 2:30 PM. Ticket information is available on the society’s website.

The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library begins its Spring Jazz Series Monday, March 23, 7:30 PM, with a performance by the Anat Cohen Quartet. Clarinetist/saxophonist Cohen joins Aaron Goldberg on piano, Vicente Archer on drums and Daniel Freedman on bass. Visit the organization’s website for additional ticket and program information.

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra (SDSO) presents a special chamber music concert featuring the Zukerman Chamber Players on Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 PM. Award-winning violinist Zukerman, with cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng, will be joined by SDSO musicians Anna Skalova and Chi-Yuan Chen performing works by Beethoven and Brahms. Ticket and additional program information is available on the SDSO website.

The Auditorium at TSRI is located at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego 92121.

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Professor John Yates has won Ralph N. Adams Award, recognizing significant contributions to the field of bioanalytical chemistry. (Photo by BioMedical Graphics.)